Good morning. Happy Monday. Yes, the weekend was fleeting, but it’s time to get up close and personal with reality, and kick your butt into gear on this early, Monday morning.
Tip 1: Grab a glass of water to start off your morning- yes, even before that blissful cup of coffee.
H2O has this incredible way of simultaneously kick-starting your metabolism and waking your tired-self up, all at the same time. Yes, it’s very difficult to choose the healthy drink of choice first in the morning, especially if you’re like me and the coffee maker acts as your alarm each day. But by downing that single glass of water (of course to be followed up by many, many more in throughout the rest of your day) before heading out the door, your morning will start unfold in a new, healthy way.
Tip 2: Tune in to the local, national, and international news within the first two hours of being awake.
Maybe you listen to NPR on your commute. Maybe Alexa reads you your News Briefing as you throw on your socks and shoes. Maybe you take ten minutes when you first sit down at your computer to update yourself on all things newsworthy. Not only will this help you during water cooler talk, but it will help you to be informed and make informed decisions throughout the rest of the day!
Tip 3: Get settled into a concentrated workflow for the first two or so hours of your day.
I’m a firm believer in scheduling meetings in the morning (mostly because after lunch I can barely keep my eyes open!) but there are some times that need to be blocked off for optimum productivity. For me, the hours generally range between when I get in to work at 7:30am up until 10am. By the time I glance at the clock and see what time it is, my other tasks for the day have been arranged, the tedious email-checking has been done thoroughly, and I am well on my way to finishing that project I have been procrastinating on! If I can help it, I’ll push meetings until after 11am, just to keep that block of time sacred.
Tip 4: Plan your weekly schedule on Friday afternoons, and reevaluate it on Monday mornings.
Setting yourself up for a successful week usually begins on Fridays. You can look forward to the week, see what needs to get done, deadlines, meetings, and other activities to pencil in then, but sometimes things have shifted by the time Monday morning rolls around. It’s important to take a few moments to review your good intentions that you scheduled on Friday afternoon, and shift around what needs to be changed during your Monday morning prep sesh.
Tip 5: Be kind to yourself. You’re only human, and there’s only so much that can be done.
One of my least favorite parts about Monday mornings are the regretful feelings that seem to overcome me as I start my week. “I should have done more this weekend,” or “Wow, I wasted my time on Sunday,” seem to flood my thoughts, even if I have had the most productive and exhausting weekend in the history of weekends. Sometimes in an effort to have everything handled, we forget to give ourselves some grace about missing a few things, or resting a little more than we had worked. But there’s another weekend just a few days away, and besides, we need to rest on at least one of those days in order to keep our sanity! What didn’t get done, will get done in due time.
Don’t let this Monday morning overwhelm you: take charge, get busy, and breathe! You’re going to kick butt this week.